A new series that Duke is producing.
Some quick hits on major topics in politics, on YouTube.
Credibly promising to be irresponsible...since 2004!
A new series that Duke is producing.
A disturbing small incident in North Carolina, related by my man the Piper.
I don't know where to start here. So, Hall and Oates seemed like the only answer.
Obamanomics? Like this?
Authoritarianism: The Role of Threat, Evolutionary Psychology, and the Will
UN List of Most Livable Countries, Top Six
Anonyman sends this interesting link, from the NYTimes.
Email from a reader:
It's a fair question: "compassion" is a vice, when practiced by government. But isn't it still a virtue when practiced by individuals?
The current statute on racial intimidation/hate crime in NC is this, as far as I can tell:
This was posted to the LPNC Yahoo List by KPC friend and frequent commenter Tom Howe. It addresses the questions asked by many, including the judicious Steve Newton, about the Barr-Root ticket:
Best of the many Bills introduced today in the NC General Assembly, led by Speaker Joe Hackney.
STATISTICS TO PONDER
So, LifeLock is getting sued.
Suffering from growth....The entire blog would be quite amusing, if it were satire. But he actually believes Australia, one of the lowest pop-density nations in the world, should shrink in every way in the next half century.
I hate to keep doing this, but you need to read Weigel's analysis of the Denver LP convention. Interesting, and some nice insights into politics, regardless of your view of the events on merits.
Steve Newton takes a sensible position: Wait and see.
For those upset about the Bob Barr nomination, two things:
Implications of Peak Oil for Industrialized Societies
Unknotting the end of the beginning: details
Weigel nails it. A remarkable performance. Admits his own uncertainties, and is surprised, right there in the post.
Wayne Allyn Root is the VP candidate.
Air ink from Chris Matthews, on Lib Signature Drive Success in NC.
A reader sends this link.
Okay, so now ABC and the NYTimes are getting a little snarky with me.
Last night at the LP Nat Conv, the reception for Prez candidate Bob Barr was, to say the least, well-attended.
So, the LP has an interesting way of rationing the extremely scarce time for televised debate, and for nominating speeches.
The Keynote for the Lib Nat Conv was split between me, at 2 pm, and Richard Viguerie, at 2:30 pm.
So, I had this great blog post title: "Things to do in Denver When You're Libertarian."
Went to a "Premium Breakfast" this morning, with W. Earl Allen, on China and developments there. Very nice talk, good breakfast.
And I hope this gets something more than the tepid "and they're checking it twice!" ink we got when we turned in the signatures.
I was expecting a bunch of politicians, the sort of people who shake hands with everyone, a little more eye contact than you are really looking for.
An ad from Auto Trader (gone by the time I went to link it):
Child Abduction, AMBER Alert, and Crime Control Theater
Watch the video....
Federal appeals court: Paper money discriminates against blind people.
At least it will be in the next week or so and I'll be out of pocket, recharging the old brain on vacation so here goes now.
Just got a call from a polling firm.
The question is good.
Queens of the hill: Creative destruction and the emergence of executive
Didn't know what a "scraper bike" was.
While reading a post on Dani Rodrik’s blog, I was struck by a phrase he wrote that didn’t really have anything to do with the argument in his post. The phrase that caught my attention was “the phenomenal success of the Bretton Woods Regime”. While 1947-1972 was a successful era for some countries, I wonder how much of any such success can actually be attributed to the Bretton Woods Institutions that "ran" the regime? These institutions are the World Bank (WB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Trade Organization (ITO). Let’s review, shall we?
Comes from the website of the hotel ( The Palissandre) where we are spending our first night in Madagascar before heading out into the countryside:
In his Sunday's NY Times op-ed, "The Scars of Losing a Home", we find the following passage:
Homeownership is thus an extension of self; if one owns a part of a country, one tends to feel at one with that country. Policy makers around the world have long known that, and hence have supported the growth of homeownership.What? Holy Crap, people, "belonging to a country"? Homeownership is about political indoctrination?
It's failure and sadness all the way around in this story from Inside Higher Ed about Prof. Steve Aird and Norfolk State University.
These class records resulted in the reason cited for tenure denial: “the core problem of the overwhelming failure of the vast majority of the students he teaches, especially since the students who enroll in the classes of Dr. Aird’s supporters achieve a greater level of success than Dr. Aird’s students.”So I gotta say that this is more than a little nuts too. If you are consistently failing a majority of your students, you are in the wrong place. One can argue that the institution should be reformed or disbanded, but as an employee you cannot take it upon yourself to create an entirely separate mini-world.
Estimates of the costs of the petition method for qualifying parties:
Even without the help of the IMF? Jack Chang, in his blog "Inside South America" says maybe so:
Local media report that people are buying up dollars for fear that the peso could slide again and that the government will respond by freezing bank accounts, like it did in the bad old days. Government officials have denied any such measures are in the works, but people don't seem to be listening. The country's central bank recently had to inject $1 billion in dollars into the banking system to counter the bank rush.
Other evidence: In the capital of Buenos Aires, a poll by the Public Opinion Center of the University of Belgrano found that 69 percent of respondents believed another crash was "very probable," with 41 percent believing it could be triggered by inflation.
Which leads to the factors. First there's the protracted battle between President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and the country's farming sector, the main economic engine here, over higher export taxes imposed on soybeans and sunflowers in March. Farmers have blocked roads and withheld production to protest the higher taxes, and as the conflict drags on, the risk to the economy grows.
Then, there's inflation, which the government says hovers around 8 percent annually but which economists estimate is as much as three times that number. And a more recent factor, the Argentine peso is weakening against the dollar, a decline that bucks the worldwide trend. This morning, the peso was trading at 3.18 to the dollar.Bloomberg has further coverage of the Argentine farmers' protests and notes that President Fernandez's popularity is falling to de la Rua levels (i.e. getting run out of office levels).
John McCain had the guts to say he would veto the current farm bill thus making an almost infinite increase in the number of sensible things he's said lately, but Hill's having none of it:
25 years ago Meese and Rogoff showed that exchange rate changes were largely unforecastable. This result continues to hold. Now Flood and Rose say, Don't worry, be happy because we can't forecast aggregative stock index changes either (I am not making this up).
Steam explosion at Duke.
People, the Associated Press is putting me out of business:
Constable Wayne Burnett said he was "shocked and appalled" when he pulled over the unregistered car Friday in the central Australian town of.
The 30-can beer case was strapped in between two adults sitting in the back seat of the car. The child was also in back, but on the car's floor.
"The child was sitting in the lump in the center, unrestrained," Burnett told reporters Tuesday."I haven't ever seen something like this before," he said. "This is the first time that the beer has taken priority over a child.
(it's not just for Latin America anymore people)
In 2004, well known coach choker Latrell Sprewell spurned a 3 year 20 million $ plus contract from the Minnesota T-Wolves as woefully insufficient saying that "I have my family to feed" (you can buy the t-shirt here).
I did NOT make this comparison. To Hitler.
Rasmussen puts the NC Gov race as follows:
Yes Mungowitz' McCainophobia is being treated by Dr. Ron Paul, according to the LA Times: